Look in the mirror what do you see? I won’t lie, just a few years ago, I couldn’t actually look at myself in the mirror. I would look for a few seconds to do whatever I needed to do then I would look away for fear of what I would see staring back at me. You see because I had dark skin, hair that never quite did what it was supposed to, a smile that showed a little too much teeth, a forehead… sorry its now called five-head that you could not ignore, I could go on and on but the point is I wasn’t fully happy with who I was.
I know I’m not alone in this- thats why I write this.
Many women in our society today suffer from self esteem issues. The advertising, fashion and cosmetic industries have painted an image in our minds of what it means to possess beauty. Our society today praises the size 2 model with straight hair and straight teeth and calls them beautiful. But what about the rest of us? We seem to buy into this idea and are constantly trying to emulate what we see portrayed in the media (often with much disappointment).
The fact is that societies standards and expectations is constantly changing. What is considered beautiful in 2015 may not be the same as what was considered beautiful in 2000 or even 2014 for that matter. Society also places a huge emphasis on the outer appearance and not in the true depth of what it is to be a WOMAN.
There lies the conflict- when we begin to measure ourselves using a standard that is far from perfect, we cannot attain perfection. The truth is that most women will never check all the boxes or fit perfectly into societies expectation of what beauty means, so many suffer the psychological consequences.
Anyway, The point of this post you may be asking? I want to address my viewpoint as a Christian, of what it means to be beautiful. I am not an expert by any means, but the one thing that I know is that each one of us is LOVED (no matter what shape, colour or size) because we are crafted by a GOD who created us wonderfully.
Psalm 139:14- I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Believing anything different is simply a LIE. We have to begin to believe that we are CHILDREN OF GOD. We are created as his MASTERPIECE- and he definitely does not make mistakes! When you feel worthless or even begin to hate yourself, you should remember how our maker sees you. Have as much respect for yourself as your maker does.
The difference between me today and me 3 years ago (no its not plastic surgery) is the fact that I can know that I AM LOVED. I may not be what you see on the magazines, you may not be either (or maybe you are..lol ), but that does not affect the way our maker sees us. In a non-egotistic way, know this: YOU ARE OH SO VALUABLE YOU ARE THE MOST STUNNING OF ALL GOD’S CREATION YOU ARE WORTH DYING FOR!!
I came across this video today. I hope that this helps someone <3